Leslie Glickman has been leading yoga teacher training groups for seven years and with each group the training has evolved. The most recent 200 hour training class had the advantage of an entire faculty hand picked by Leslie.
“Each teacher on faculty is from my first 500 hour training group. Each shines in a particular area, and I picked them to cover that piece of the curriculum. This first group using the whole faculty is about to graduate and I feel they’ve had a very rich experience by having other teachers be part of their training team.”
Having a faculty ensures more individualized attention for the students, and also offers students an opportunity to hear things in a way that works for them. One teacher’s explanation of a pose or a concept might not click with a student, but another teacher will resonate. With each teacher having a rich area of interest, it ensures those areas are covered in an even deeper way.
Leslie says her yoga teacher training program will continue its evolution, and that the next session starting September 7th is going to be the most dynamic training yet. Two very special guests will be coming to town to enrich the education of her next group.
Leslie feels strongly that she is creating a lineage with the teachers she is bringing through her program, but she also comes from a lineage. She says teacher Juli Kagen (who is on the TT faculty) came up with the idea of exposing the next group of trainees to Leslie’s own teachers.
“I have a nice personal relationship with Seane Corn and Bryan Kest from years of studying with them, and respecting and admiring their work. They both have had a huge influence on me and my teaching. I reached out to them and asked if they would be interested in participating in my training and they both said yes!”
Two separate Wednesdays in November Seane Corne and Bryan Kest will be visiting the next Yoga Journey teacher training group! It will not be not open to the public. Leslie says the evolution of her teacher training program is exciting,
“Having Seane and Bryan join us will be a private thing for the next group. The students will get a chance to be exposed to where I come from, and I’m thrilled. I feel like I’m taking the training to the next level. I thought this year it was going to the next level by developing this faculty, but now it’s going one step further. The program is ever evolving and elevating and it just keeps going. It feels like a fast moving train. This is what I’m meant to be doing. The Universe keeps saying yes, and I have this real tapas, this real drive and desire to keep moving forward.”
Over the last 10-15 years, Leslie has studied with these teachers, staying in contact with them, traveling to learn from them, and attending their workshops whenever they are in Florida.
Of Bryan Kest, Leslie says,
“He’s had a big impact on me. He gave me permission to be myself. He took away all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding yoga for me. I learned from him that I didn’t have to hold myself to some weird standard of what I thought a yoga teacher was supposed to be. He laid out that example of authenticity. Just be real. Speak it in your own language. Speak it in a language your students are going to understand. Be yourself. He taught me it’s not about what we’re showing on the outside, it’s what we’re doing on the inside. It’s about getting gritty, getting real.”
Leslie first met Seane Corn when she wandered into Seane’s class at a Yoga Journal conference. She had no idea how transformative it would be.
“That one class changed me for life. I went to the desk and changed my whole schedule so that I could go to all of her classes for the rest of the workshop. She turned me inside out.”
Leslie says of Seane,
“She was another one of those teachers encouraging students to get real, get honest, this is not fluff. She was all about the shadow. At the time, I didn’t even know I had shadows. If you looked at me on paper, my life was pretty good. I don’t have trauma, etc. I didn’t know I had stuff lurking under the surface. I thought I had it all together, and I was a freaking hot mess! I’m grateful to her for showing me that, because that vulnerability and that realization changed me forever as a teacher. I now can hold space to allow others to fall apart. I can hold space for others to get real with their own stuff.”
Of both Seane and Bryan Leslie says, “Without them I think I’d be teaching Asana (poses), I don’t think I’d really be teaching yoga.”
If you are thinking of signing up for the training, one of the unique things about Yoga Journey’s teacher training program is the open door policy for former students. Anyone that’s graduated the program is welcome to drop in on current trainings.
“If you have ever been my student you will forever be my student if you still want me to be your teacher.”
She encourages teachers that have graduated from her program to sit in on subsequent trainings as much or as little as they want.
“It takes a village. I know I’m sitting at the head of the school as lead teacher, but I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I say or do. Having all different levels of experience coming and going, seeing the relationship I have with my students, that they come back, I feel like that says so much about the whole program. New students are stepping into a community. They are not just going to be trained for four months and disappear.”
Leslie says she is proud of the evolution of her teacher training program over the years.
“My curriculum has grown in 7 years. My experience being in front of students and teaching them to be teachers has grown. I own it in a totally different way now than I ever did before. I know that my system works. And I know that I’m delivering in a really cohesive and comprehensive way. It feels really good.”
Orientation Sept 7th
Sept 9-11~ Oct 7-9 ~ Nov 18-20 ~ Dec 9-11
Closing Ceremony Dec 14th